Yuka Kobayashi

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Yuka Kobayashi
Personal information
Born (1994-01-18) January 18, 1994 (age 23)[1]
Height 1.64 m (5 ft 4 12 in)[1]
Weight 149 lb (68 kg)[1]
Team information
Discipline Track
Role Rider

Yuka Kobayashi (小林 優香 Kobayashi Yuka, born January 1, 1994) comes from Tosu, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. She is a professional track cyclist.

Early life[edit]

As a high school student, she was a member of the Kumamoto Municipal High School volleyball team. In 2010, she participated in the National High School Sports Festival Volleyball Games. In 2013, she graduated from the Japan Keirin School in the 106th class.

Her vertical jump reached 60 cm.[2] But due to her short stature, her career as a volleyball player was limited.[3] In 2012, she watched the London Olympic men's team sprint on TV by chance, was immediately attracted to Girls Keirin and resolved to aspire.

Career in Keirin cycling[edit]

On December 20, 2012, she attended the Keirin school aptitude test and passed.[4] During her education at the Japan Keirin School, she broke the school records over 200m flying dash (11.94s), 400m flying dash (24.08s), 1000m time trial (1.12.65) and 2000m time trial[1][5] and was awarded the golden cap for her outstanding performance.[5]

Together with her classmate Takako Ishii, she broke the national record in the olympic sprint over the distance of 800 m in 56,33 seconds.[6]

On January 24, 2014, Yuka Kobayashi won the Keirin race at the Japan Track Cup and placed second in the sprint.[7][8] Yuka Kobayashi and Takako Ishii placed 10th in the Olympic Sprint at the 2014 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.

She graduated from Keirin school in March 2014. In the graduation race finals, she only scored third, but was distinguished as # 1 of her graduating class for winning 50 of 58 races until graduation.[9][10] At the 83rd All Japan Cycling Championships on April 19–20, she reached the third place in the 500 m time trial (37.229s).[11]

In May 16, 2014, she celebrated her debut as a professional keirin cyclist on the Kishiwada Velodrome and won against the second placed Mashimo Ruruko with a distance of six bicycle lengths. Her winning streak of 17 consecutive victories broke the former record for female keirin pros in Japan. In September 2014, she was only beaten after 22 consecutive victories. From May 2014 to January 2015, she won 50 of a total of 52 races. At the Japanese Track Cycling Championships in April 2015, she won the Team Sprint, scored second in the 500 m time trial and third in the Keirin race. On March 22, June 21 and August 23, 2015, she won three top-rated races (G 1 and G 2 category) against her strongest competitors in Japan. She won the Keirin Grand Prix 2015 in December 2015 with a premium of 10 million yen and earned 29.8 million yen during the 2015 track season.Until December 2015, she won 111 of the 118 races she participated.

On 8 and 9 August 2014 she won the Girls Keirin Festival on the Matsudo Velodrome.[12] On November 3, 2015, she won her 100th keirin race. She has powerful 27.5 inch thighs (68.5 cm) that contribute to her enormous ability to maintain her high maximum speed (60.5 km/h) over a long time span of 23.83 seconds[citation needed]. On a roller, she even reached a speed of 79.8 km/h.[13]

Career results[edit]

2014
Japan Track Cup 1
1st Keirin
2nd Sprint
1st Keirin, Japan Track Cup 2
2nd Keirin, Japan Track Cup 2
2nd Sprint, Track Clubs ACC Cup
2016
3rd 500m Time Trial, Taiwan Hsin-Chu Track International Classic
2017
1st Keirin, US Sprint GP
1st Keirin, Keirin Cup / Madison Cup
National Track Championships
1st MaillotJapón.PNG Keirin
2nd Sprint
2nd Keirin, Fastest Man on Wheels

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